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What does TheraSuit intensive program include?

We offer a unique, efficient intensive therapy program on a one-to-one basis with an experienced, certified therapist, designed for the children of all ages with neuromuscular disorders, mainly diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Our program lasts for a minimum of four hours a day, five days a week and it is three to five weeks long, depending on the patient’s individual needs.

Our holistic approach focuses on enhancing the development of independence. During each treatment session, a great variety of tools and techniques are used, including the TheraSuit® (a soft dynamic proprioceptive orthotic), the universal exercise unit (a cage for exercising), the Spider, vibration platform therapy, the treatment of primitive reflexes with a quantum laser, swallowing stimulation.

Intensive therapy is ideal for those that want to enhance their child’s progress .

 

A typical day of TheraSuit Intensive program consists of the following:

  • Warming up with hot packs and massage
  • Reeducation of muscle tone and deep proprioceptive stimulation techniques
  • Decreasing pathological movement patterns
  • Increasing the activation of proper movement patterns
  • Strengthening of specific muscle groups responsible for functional movement
  • Progressive resistance exercises
  • Balance, coordination and endurance training
  • Transfers (lying to sitting, sitting to lying), functional activities and gait training

 

Typical intensive therapy session at our centre includes:

PREPARATION

 

 

Universal Exercise Unit ‘The Balkan frame’

 

Practising the performance of functional skills with the aid of the Balkan frame

The principles behind the exercises in the pictures

 

Stimulation of the vestibular system

(responsible for balance and movement coordination)

 

Some other forms of balance stimulation:

Vibration platform with multiple aims:

 

The Universal Exercise Unit – the spider

The most important function of the Spider is to help a child develop the sense of independence, or more precisely, to influence the development of a child’s awareness that he can function by himself – without the aid of the ‘therapist’s hands’.

In view of the fact that our little ones are constantly in our hands, it is understandable that the moment of separation from the therapist/parent is very frustrating. You notice the same behavior with toddlers learning to walk – while they are in our hands, their independent steps are very confident, but as soon as we stand away, they lose their confidence and fall for exactly the same reasons as disabled children do.

 

Functional training

 

If the muscles opposing the force of gravity, e.g. quadriceps, are not active every day (as is the case with most CP children), they lose their strength at a rate of 0.83% every day. This is one of the more important reasons why the TheraSuit method insists on putting the children on their feet daily.

Functional training also includes transfers: lying on the back to lying on the stomach, lifting the body into a sitting position, transfer into the quadruped or high kneeling position...

 

Gait training:

 

Integration of primitive reflexes:

Depending on the primitive reflexes that are dominant in a child, as well as its synergy (the pathological pattern of a child’s most frequent body position in everyday life, especially when it is excited, when it is crying…), we use specifically defined exercises to pull the child out of the body position imposed on him/her by the damaged part of the brain. By applying these exercises, we are teaching the brain how to adopt more regular patterns of movement, which later has an effect on the child’s muscle tone, as well as improving his/her functional skills.

 

 

During the fourth hour of a treatment session, we apply the LASER with the aim of integrating the primitive reflexes according to a specifically defined protocol


This is one of the most important parts of the treatment, which gives faster and more complex results according to various studies and statistics. Read more about primitive reflexes and their importance for the psychomotor development of a child in the section about primitive reflexes